It’s been a good couple of years for cannabis. As of this year, marijuana use is legal in 19 states, as well as in Washington D.C. The people have spoken and they want bud access for all. The Marijuana Policy Project reports that 68 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana and 90 percent support its medical use. Marijuana can provide critical relief to those suffering from pain of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease and many other debilitating conditions, says Harvard Health. —And, anecdotally speaking, as far as recreational use, it doesn’t seem to cause the destruction to one’s life that was perpetuated over the decades with Refer Madness.
Whether for health or recreation there are multiple reasons to explore cannabis. In fact, there’s a whole week and conference dedicated to bud, happening in Philadelphia Sept. 19-26. Black Cannabis Week—which aims to destigmatize weed, and empower and inform Black communities on policy and industry and centers Black individuals who are innovating in the cannabis field—was founded by Cherron Perry-Thomas.
For Black Cannabis Week, MADAMENOIRE rolls out the best cities to visit if you’re trying to escape and have a cannabis vacay. With the U.S. soft reopening, COVID-19 regulations in place and the fall season on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to puff and relax at one of these destinations.
Please note the public consumption of marijuana is illegal even in states that allow its possession. Be sure to indulge in a private residence or in a licensed dispensary or licensed marijuana hospitality business. Check the local consumption and possession laws for your destination before booking your travel.
Being one of the first states to legalize the use of marijuana, Colorado, has a rich bud culture and Denver is a great place to spend a few days. Don’t miss Cookies, a licensed retail network that works with local operators in the communities that they serve. Founded by rapper Gilbert Milam Jr. aka Berner, this brand created the highly popular strain Girl Scout Cookies and now has locations in eight states. Denver has several distinguishable dispensaries, each with a unique vibe, like Diego Pellicer, known for affordable strains and knowledgeable budtenders, or House of Dankeness, which is known for some very interesting hybrid strains and an impressive atmosphere. If you want to learn the history of cannabis in Colorado, grab a tour with The Original Colorado Cannabis Tour.
Ever since marijuana was legalized in California, Los Angeles, has become a mecca for high-end dispensaries and unforgettable weed activities. Try Puff, Pass, and Paint, a bring your own bud painting class taught by lively instructors and accompanied by great music. Stop into the Cannabis Café in West Hollywood, which is America’s first legal bud-based dining establishment. Their menu contains cannabis items like pre-rolls and edibles, along with delicious food created by esteemed chef Andrea Drummer. If you’d like to see the sites, don’t miss a ride with Green Tours, which will shuttle you around to some of the most beloved dispensaries in the city as well as a growing facility, along with classic LA stops like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you’re inclined to stay near the ocean, try the Weed and Wine tour offered by LA Hemp Tours, which will take you on a ride near some picturesque Oceanside areas including Santa Monica and some incredible vineyards.
Ah San Francisco. The home of the flower child, the famous Castro district, world-famous music festivals, and certainly a place that’s been bud-friendly long before the legal eyes of America uplifted cannabis. Once you’re feeling relaxed and ready to head out, you can’t miss Golden Gate Park. It’s one of the most famous and beautiful parks in the world, where you’re sure to be surrounded by other cannabis enthusiasts. It has some great sites within the park, like the Academy of Sciences, Hippie Hill, and a roller skating rink. Don’t miss some of SF’s great dispensaries, like the Barbary Coast – a relaxed dispensary and lounge where you can shop goodies like topicals and edibles or enjoy the dab bar. Pop into The Apothecarium, a sophisticated dispensary with a warm atmosphere and thorough menu.
If you’re already in the Bay Area for your San Francisco tour, why not take a short trip over to Oakland? It decidedly offers a distinctly different vibe from San Francisco, with streets that are booming with artistry. And, of course, it has a great cannabis culture. If you’re willing to wait in the unavoidable lines for the Harborside dispensary, it’s worth it. It’s owned by Steve DeAngelo of “Weed Wars” and is known for limited and high-end strains. When you’re ready to get a little more active, grab a ride with Sea of Green Cannabis Tours or the 420 Party Bus Tours (the latter can be hired for a private group).
Portland does weed the way it does most things: with a lot of quirk and creativity. It’s such a vibrant and artistic city, full of things to enjoy and sites to see once you’ve puffed. Stop by Push X Pull if you want some excellent CBD-infused coffee. They’re famous for their Gron CBD mocha, which has CBD-infused melted chocolate. If you get the munchies, head over to Donnie Vegas where you can enjoy their famous chili dog with a CBD-infused margarita. If you’re in the mood for a little shopping, stop by Ladies of Paradise, a boutique filled with cannabis-themed creations like t-shirts and jewelry. Should you feel like sitting back and relaxing on a guided tour, check out High 5 Tours which offer tours of pot farms, dispensaries, and some gorgeous natural destinations.
With the constant stimuli, Las Vegas is the perfect place to enjoy a cannabis-filled vacation. There’s a lot to see and learn, so hop on The Cannabus, which will take you to stops that cover the whole bud-creation process, from a farm to a production kitchen to great dispensaries. You’ll take in the gorgeous sites of the City of Sin while you’re at it, too. When you’re in the right head space, take in the famous Bellagio Fountains, as well as their famous botanical gardens. And if you want to stop into a place that’s equally weird and lovable, go to The Writer’s Block – a book store/coffee shop/artificial bird sanctuary.
Move over coffee: Seattle is now the home of a different mind-altering substance. And it’s owning the title proudly. When you’re in Seattle, you can’t miss Cannabis City, the area’s very first recreational weed store. This historic shop, opened by a doctor, was the site of the very first legal purchase of recreational cannabis in the city. If you’d like to pick up some local product, stop into Lux, a weed store selling high-end and locally-grown items in a welcoming environment featuring artwork from local creators. They’re known for highly educated budtenders. If you’re looking for a bud-friendly accommodation that won’t break your budget, look no further than The Green Tortoise, which has a smoking lounge, a full kitchen, and a location that’s conveniently walkable to nearby sites.
New York City
This vibrant and poppin’ city is both a tourist destination and home to the world’s best of–many things. It’s filled with great food and activities. There’s hella things to get into from taking in a Broadway show, to falling into a NY Knick or Nets game, to hitting up one of its many museums to shopping till you drop. As for cannabais use, NYC loosened the reigns on recreational smoking. The city decriminalized marijuana possession early in 2021, now visitors can enjoy the herb and in its culturally, welcoming environment.